October 2019

We take a stroll through Elmwood Cemetery, Michigan’s oldest denominational cemetery and explore its rich history. We look inside black Detroit’s long history with gymnastics, despite barriers to access, operatic tenor George Shirley shares his story, a Motown-themed Airbnb opens near Hitsville, we unmask our favorite Halloween habits, plus much more.

college tips

Solid Freshman Classes

No matter if your student’s undecided or has her entire future mapped out, discover some all-around good classes to take as a freshman in college.
Southwest Solutions

SEEN: Southwest Solutions Celebration of Impact

On Sept. 13, Southwest Solutions invited guests to MGM Grand Detroit for its second annual fundraising benefit and celebration of 49 years of improving lives and neighborhoods.
Elmwood Cemetery

Sacred Earth at Elmwood Cemetery

Stroll through Michigan's oldest nondenominational cemetery, where the past meets the present and the living mingle with the dead.
Motown house

Motown-Themed Airbnb Opens Near Hitsville U.S.A.

The soulful West Grand Boulevard property is ready to host your next family reunion.
George Shirley

Michigan Opera Theatre Celebrates Detroit-Bred Operatic Tenor George Shirley

Shirley was the Metropolitan Opera’s first black tenor to perform in a leading role.

Halloween, Unmasked

Conjuring up the truth about our favorite Halloween habits.
Fresh Rx

Fresh Rx Connects Patients with Fruits and Veggies

Authority Health's program connects health care providers with the food system.

America and Her Merciless Brand of Capitalism, Born of Slave Labor

On the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans being brought to America, we remember the backs from which American capitalism was born.
college tips

College-Savvy Tips for Teens

Pointers from a Detroit teen who was accepted into 45 colleges.
Detroit Impact

Calvin Colbert, Executive Director, Detroit Impact

This native Detroiter knows the importance of youth and giving back to your community, which is why he works to help young people succeed in the city he grew up in.
Bronzed N Glow

Bronzed N Glow Sets Up on the Avenue of Fashion

Opening on Oct. 19, Jamesha Lucas and Destiny Thomas have created a beauty experience that melds retail, education and technology.
Black Girl MATHgic

Black Girl MATHgic Aims to Increase Math Confidence in Black Girls

The monthly subscription box goes through everything from division to fractions with a female-focused twist.
BLAC Anniversary Throwback

BLAC’s 20th Anniversary Throwback: Flashing Back to 2010

Celebrating BLAC's 20th anniversary and recalling what we and the culture were up to in 2010, plus replaying our sit-down with Carmen N'Namdi.
Toddlers to Gents

Toddlers to Gents Offers Customizable Boys Clothes

Mom Brittany Washington is looking to instill valuable lessons through style.

We’re Head Over Heels for Black Gymnastics in Detroit

Black Detroit has long had a bond with gymnastics, and as young brown-skinned tumblers continue to dominate the sport, local tumblers remain as passionate as ever.
college tips

What Are Colleges Looking for in 2019-20?

College counselors and admissions directors answer the BIG question every aspiring college student – and their parents – want to know.